Doe Park Caravan Site
Cotherstone, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9UQ, North East
Join our Star Camp for an astronomical weekend in Teesdale. The camp is perfect for novice astronomers and is suitable for people aged six and over.
Telescopes will be provided, along with expert guidance, and you are welcome to bring your equipment, including cameras (with tripods), binoculars and telescopes. There will also be astronomy-themed talks, solar observing and a bottle rocket competition.
During the weekend, the planets Saturn, Jupiter and Mars can be seen in the evening and look incredible through large telescopes (provided). The event occurs at the new Moon, and with no natural moonlight, the skies will be at their darkest – it’s a great time of year to view the Milky Way arching across the sky above the North Pennines.
You will arrive on Friday night to a mulled wine reception at 7 pm – stargazing will be available (weather permitting) on Friday and Saturday night, departing on Sunday. Bring warm clothing and a red light torch (if you have one).
Pitch fees – electric £22 per night; non-electric £17 per night – plus £9.50 per person per night ‘astronomy charge’ (£8 for under 16s).
North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is organising this event
Please contact North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty directly for more details regarding this event or, if appropriate, contact the event venue.
Email: [email protected]
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The below chart shows if and when the skies will be at their darkest during this event. Moonlight is shown in light yellow and the Sun's twilight in light blue. Midnight on the date shown is shown as a white line with sunset to the left and sunrise the next morning to the right. A black background with stars shows the best times for stargazing.
Fri 21st Oct
Sat 22nd Oct
Sun 23rd Oct
Local light pollution
The above demonstrates the estimated effect of light pollution - graphics created using Stellarium.
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